Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta admitted that he understands Mesut Ozil's frustrations for being left out of the team'smatches since English Premier League returned but says that his selection is only based on form.
The German midfielder cut a lonely figure after being left on the bench in games at Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton. He was left out of the squad for the defeat by Manchester City.
He then missed Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup victor over Sheffield United on Sunday due to back injury and is a doubt for Wednesday league clash against bottom side Norwich City.
“I believe he’s not very happy because he’s not playing. But as well he picked up an injury the other day and we have to wait and see how he evolves,” Arteta added.
“I’m expecting a player that’s not playing to feel hurt and disappointed. I want all my players at their best and to have the ability to be able to pick them to help the squad as much as possible ... that’s the only intention I have.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Arteta said that he was fully aware of what Ozil has to offer, having lined up alongside him for three years during his playing days.
“I think Mesut has unique qualities, he’s a special player for the position he plays. How specific he is in the quality that he has and what he can bring to the team,” Arteta added.
“I don’t think much has changed.”